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On Purpose

On Purpose

What is purpose? What does it mean to dedicate one’s life to a just cause?

I immediately think of a detail from the movie The Professional.

In the movie, before Jean Reno’s character gets entangled with Natalie Portman’s character, one really important part of the script is that he cares for a house plant.

He dotes on his plant, misting it with a water bottle, cleaning its leaves, lovingly placing it in the sun during the day and bringing it inside at night. This might seem insignificant, but it’s meant to humanize him and show his capacity for empathy. (He’s a hitman, after all, so this is kind of important).

Every life needs another life to care for, even if it’s just the life of a plant. Without life to care for, humans break down (depression, anger, violence).

Dedicating my life to a just cause, for me, means being vulnerable and empathetic. Caring for life around me, whether that’s my family or strangers I encounter. Showing kindness and love, withholding judgement, and working to bring a bit of joy to those who need it.

All of this got me thinking about how other people construe purpose and how we tend to judge them if we don’t understand them.

Examples…

If you’re not into pets, it’s easy to think “dog people” or “cat people” are ridiculous.

If you’re not into gardening, you might think some people are crazy for how much time they spend in their garden.

If you don’t have kids, you might think other families are obnoxious.

You might think people who don’t eat meat because they don’t want to harm animals are fanatics.

But before we judge, we need to stop and think, because in all of these instances we’re seeing expressions of humans caring for and honoring other life. I think even when we can’t relate, we need to respect that.

The exception, of course, is when a person’s behavior negatively impacts those around them. The parents who are oblivious to their screaming toddler; the irresponsible pet owner.

In most cases, however, the act of a human caring for and honoring other life brings more joy than harm.

If we really pay attention, we can probably see a thousand instances of it in the course of any single day.

Personally, I think that’s a beautiful thing.

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Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Recently we held our quarterly ImpactClub event. We have 230 members (who need not be present to participate). Each donates $100. We hear from 3 charities for 5 minutes each. Then the members at the event vote and the winning charity takes home the pot. 230 members x $100 = $23,000. Yes, it’s super cool.

At these events, Mike and I get lots of compliments. We hear about how amazing and wonderful we are and how the work we do is so important. I’m not going to lie, compliments feel great. Being recognized for your efforts is like the emotional equivalent of melted butter. So good.

One of the past winners of ImpactClub was giving me these compliments. And suddenly I felt like I was in the Upside Down.

“Wait a second,” I said. “YOU’RE the one doing the amazing work. All we do is throw a party!”

Think about that. Mike and I throw a big party and get lots of praise for raising money for local charities. But ImpactClub is much bigger than us; it only works if we have members (thank you, members!).

But we’re not the ones in the trenches. We go home and start planning the next live event.

The heroes in all of this are the ones brave enough to get on stage and tell their stories.

And the day after the event? While Mike and I are discussing what logistics worked and what could be better next time?

Those heroes are going back to their work feeding the hungry, healing the abused, and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society.

THAT is the truly amazing work. It’s the work of compassion and determination and a commitment to do the right thing when it would be so much easier to look the other way.

If you want to learn more about these true heroes, I invite you to check out the organizations we heard from at our last event…

Hope House https://ahome2come2.com/

Family Advocates https://www.familyadvocates.org/

The Idaho Foodbank https://idahofoodbank.org/

See more at http://ImpactClubBoise.com

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. Us@BusinessofUs.com

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

What Is ImpactClub?

What Is ImpactClub?

In its first two years, ImpactClub Boise donated almost $200,000 to the following organizations:

Women’s and Children’s Alliance
Chrysalis Transitional Living
Create Common Good
Interfaith Sanctuary
Wyakin Foundation
The Speedy Foundation
Wilderness Science Education
Boise Angels
The Language and Learning Center at Calico
The Percolator Fund

Depending on our membership at the time of their wins, the above organizations received anywhere from $10,000 to $23,000.

We’ve been on Channels 6 and 7, and on Gemma Gaudette’s “Idaho Matters” program on our local NPR station. We’re grateful for the press.

But my heart really goes out to our members, both past and current.

When someone has the mindset that their small donation doesn’t matter, they typically fail to follow through with it.

ImpactClub members, on the other hand, know the power in our collective strength. Each of our 230 members is equally responsible for what we were able to do in those first 2 years. By each giving $100, we pool our donations to $23,000. That amount of money can be a game changer for some of the amazing organizations doing good work in our community. I’m humbled by the generosity around me.

If you are a current member of ImpactClub, whether you attend the live events or not, know that YOU are making a difference. We can’t do what we do without you.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. Us@BusinessofUs.com

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Getting More Than You Give

Getting More Than You Give

​Rake Up Boise is an annual event where individuals and teams volunteer their time to rake the yards of elderly and disabled residents. Every year I captain the Raking Writers, a team I put together from members of the Idaho Writers Guild.

The resident we were last assigned warned me that people in her neighborhood call her the Leaf Lady. For an hour and a half we raked and bagged leaves. Forty bags in total. There was dog poop to avoid and a nest of disgruntled wasps, but the weather was beautiful and it felt great to be outside on a Saturday morning.

I didn’t grow up volunteering or participating in community service projects. Community service was nothing more than a sentence handed down in lieu of jail time.

And as far as volunteering, I thought that those people must be a better type of person than I was. They were special or super human and I was just normal. You had to be special (or court-ordered) to put time and effort into volunteering. Because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why you’d do it. I didn’t understand.

Now I look forward to Rake Up Boise all year. As far as volunteer projects go, it’s an easy gig. But when you’re doing it, you can see why it’s so important. I don’t think the Leaf Lady can afford to hire someone to do the job. And how long would it take her if she were to try to tackle that amount of work on her own? But if you get a few people together (and some of them drag their kids along to help), you can knock out the job in an hour and a half, and actually have fun in the process.

Our group of Raking Writers ranged in age from 10 to 70+. One writer who couldn’t make it this year actually had leaf scoopers (the yellow things Ivy’s holding in the picture) delivered to my house when she realized she wasn’t going to participate.

Days like these, and people like the writer who bought me a bright yellow pair of leaf scoopers, make me wonder what opportunities I’m missing. Where can I do more and give more? Not because I need a pat on the back or to keep score, but because I’ve learned through these experiences that they matter, and that, invariably, you get more than you give.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. Us@BusinessofUs.com

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Have reverence for those who give

Have reverence for those who give

Mom Tickets

For my birthday, Ivy presented me with Mom Tickets and five, one-dollar bills.

I can redeem the Mom Tickets for various chores. Mopping the floor (up to ten times, good for one year), doing the dishes (up to five times, good for three weeks), and unlimited back massages over the course of the next month.

There are also tickets for breakfast in bed, help making dinner, the power to choose what we watch on movie night, and getting to have dessert (unlimited and with no expiration date).

The last ticket is a Bonus Ticket. It reads: Choose whatever ticket you liked the most and do it again!

Her gifts to me are a perfect reflection of who she is. Sugar-obsessed, hence the lack of parameters on the dessert ticket, but also centered on doing things for others.

When she was younger, she used to ask all the time, “Can I be your service?”

This meant she wanted to be told what to do. Bring me a glass of water, rub my feet, make me toast. She is compelled to serve.

We used to intervene when we’d see Emilia ordering Ivy around. “But she wants to do my chores for me,” Emilia would say. “She wants to be my service.” Ivy would nod in confirmation.

For years, Ivy was obsessed with waitresses. She would tell them how pretty they were. A waitress could be plagued with boils on her face, and Ivy would tell her she was pretty. Because a waitress was the embodiment of serving other people. To Ivy, that was beautiful.

As she’s grown, she’s recognized that service extends beyond the waitress. Her fixation with waitresses faded and she became obsessed with teachers. At the end of the last school year, she came home sobbing, distraught that her beloved Mrs. Sosa would no longer be her teacher.

She has reverence for those who give.

I’m not sure if this is something she’ll grow out of (I hope not), but it’s a beautiful thing to see.

For the foreseeable future, I have someone to help me with the household chores. And those five, one-dollar bills are going to make their way back to her in the form of tips.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

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